Dermatology Research and Practice / 2010 / Article / Tab 3

Research Article

Text Messages as a Reminder Aid and Educational Tool in Adults and Adolescents with Atopic Dermatitis: A Pilot Study

Table 3

List of self-care behavior statements in survey.

Self-Care behavior statements*

I try to avoid heat, sweating, and dry environments
I avoid using soaps, detergents, cleaning products, and other chemicals that could irritate my skin
I avoid wearing clothing made of wool and synthetic fibers
I avoid exposure to cigarette smoke
I dust frequently to reduce exposure to dust mites
I try to find ways to decrease stress and anxiety
I avoid long (greater than 10–15 minutes) and hot baths and showers
I bathe with lukewarm water
I use a mild soap or nonsoap cleaner to remove dirt when I bathe
I apply moisturizer after I bathe
I avoid using lotions with a high water and low oil content
I control itching by using antihistamines
I cut my fingernails short to try to avoid skin damage from scratching
I use wet dressings to control my itching

*Subjects asked to respond with “always”, “sometimes”, or “never”.